K-12 advocates react to Ohio Senate’s state budget proposal

BY: - June 8, 2023

Public and private education supporters had a mixed bag of reactions to the state budget proposal released by the Ohio Senate GOP on Tuesday. Public school advocates criticized the bill’s provisions making private school vouchers almost universal at 450% of the federal poverty level, allowing those who may be able to pay for the private […]

Committee passes bill to create centers ‘intellectual diversity’ at Ohio State, University of Toledo

BY: - June 8, 2023

A bill that would establish “intellectual diversity” centers at Ohio State University and the University of Toledo passed by a 4-1 party line vote in the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee Wednesday.  Senate Bill 117 would create the Salmon P. Chase Center for Civics, Culture, and Society at Ohio State University and the Institute […]

Work still to be done for Ohio’s early childhood education, study shows

BY: - June 5, 2023

Access to early intervention and early childhood special education are “far from uniform” in Ohio and the nation, according to a national study. The National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers Graduate School for Education conducted a state-by-state comparison of services “critical to improve learning and development” for children with special needs aged 3 […]

Students, professors speak against Ohio bill that would create ‘intellectual diversity’ centers

BY: - June 1, 2023

University of Toledo law students and Ohio State University professors spoke out in opposition against a bill that would create new centers at both universities that would expand and affirm what sponsors deem “intellectual diversity.”  Senate Bill 117 would create the Salmon P. Chase Center for Civics, Culture, and Society at Ohio State University and […]

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Ohio labor unions fight back against higher education bill banning strikes

BY: - May 31, 2023

Labor unions are fighting back against a controversial higher education bill in the Ohio Senate that would ban public university employees from striking. This isn’t the first fight, either. Nearly 700,000 people in Ohio are part of unions or related associations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. With that, Ohioans are continuing to unionize […]

New bill would ban transgender students from using bathroom that matches gender identity

BY: - May 26, 2023

A bill banning transgender students from being able to use the bathroom and locker room that aligns with their gender identity was recently introduced by a pair of Ohio Republican legislators.  House Bill 183 — introduced by state Rep. Beth Lear, R-Galena, and state Rep. Adam Bird, R-New Richmond — would require K-12 schools and […]

When asked about Holocaust deniers, Sen. Cirino said colleges “should be about accepting even views that are uncomfortable”

BY: - May 26, 2023

Ohio state Sen. Jerry Cirino, R-Kirtland, danced around a question about college professors interacting with a student with “a dissenting view” of the Holocaust Wednesday morning during the House Higher Education Committee Meeting.  State Rep. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, asked Cirino, “If a student had a dissenting view about the Holocaust, which there is a very active […]

Ohio preschool enrollment and spending goes up, but still ranks low in national study

BY: - May 23, 2023

Despite preschool enrollment and state spending for programs increasing, Ohio ranked low in a new early childhood education report released last Thursday.  Ohio ranked 36th in enrollment at age 4 (10%) and 27th at enrollment at age 3 (2%), according to Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research.   “Ohio leaders must address this ongoing […]

State budget set to raise eligibility for free lunches, still falls short of universal free lunch

BY: - May 22, 2023

Changes made to the budget by the Ohio House would bring more funding to school districts to feed students, but it’s not what school nutritionists asked for, which would feed everyone and remove the stigma of hunger. The budget is now making its way through the Ohio Senate after House changes added provisions in the […]

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Ohio GOP supports college overhaul bills to create ‘safe space’ for conservatives

BY: - May 19, 2023

Ohio conservatives want “safe spaces” on college campuses, demonstrated by the passing and introduction of controversial legislation meant to overhaul the state’s higher education system. After hours of hearings and hundreds of people giving testimony, Ohio Republican senators passed Senate Bill 83. The bill focuses on what GOP calls “free speech,” banning public universities in Ohio from having […]

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Ohio Senate passes massive higher education overhaul bill, House version hears opponent testimony

BY: - May 18, 2023

The Ohio Senate passed a massive higher education bill that would significantly alter college campuses.  Wednesday’s 21-10 vote comes a week after changes and clarification were made to Senate Bill 83, which was introduced by state Sen. Jerry Cirino, R-Kirtland in March. SB 83 now moves to the House for committee consideration. Republican state Sen. […]

Ohio Economists: Scholarships likely to keep high achievers in-state

BY: - May 17, 2023

A majority of a panel of Ohio economists thinks the state could keep many of its most talented students at home if the state offered scholarships to students who graduate in the top 5% of their class, according to a survey published this week.  In doing so, the economists are effectively siding with Gov. Mike […]